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Paynesville Press - October 24, 2001

Bulldogs advance as subsection champions

By Mandy Mayer

Runners The Paynesville girls' cross country team looked very strong in winning their subsection meet last Thursday at Albany. "The girls ran as a complete team, solid, and they had a great run," said coach Darrel Carstens.

Tanis Beireis and Nicole Flint ran close together throughout the subsection race. They finished 24th and 23rd respectively.

With their performance, the girls appear to be ready to challenge for a state berth this week. "We know the next step in our goal will be tough," explained Carstens, "but we need to continue as a solid unit and we'll accomplish the goal."

The girls' team - ranked second in state in Class A - has not been to state since 1991. At subsections, the Bulldogs beat St. Cloud Cathedral again, 33-47. The Crusaders - ranked eighth in the state - figure to be the Dogs' toughest challenge at the Section 5A meet this Thursday in Becker.

The subsection meet was held on the Albany school grounds, on a course that the girls had run for the conference meet the week earlier. This was a great advantage because the girls knew what the course looked like. The Bulldogs used that to their advantage and won the meet.

The top four teams moved on to sections: Paynesville, Cathedral, Albany, and Eden Valley-Watkins/ Kimball.

Senior Jen Hess was the leader of the pack once again. She led the entire race and won with a time of 14:57.

Ninth grader Kim Hess and seventh grader Kacy Nehowig finished almost side by side. Hess placed fifth and Nehowig sixth. Just a few seconds behind them was eighth grader Brooke Schmitz in eighth, as the Bulldogs placed four runners in the top ten again.

Junior Mandy Mayer was the Bulldogs' fifth runner again, placing 13th.

Junior Nicole Flint and seventh grader Tanis Beireis ran together for much of the race and they finished right next to each other. Flint placed 23rd and Beireis 24th.

"Every race will get tougher," warned Carstens about the rest of the season. "We need to keep our focus and good things will happen."

The Section 5A meet will be held at the Becker Community Center on Thursday. The girls' race starts at 4 p.m., and the boys' race at 4:40 p.m.

The top two teams and the top seven individuals advance to the state meet.

Team Scores
1. Paynesville 33
2. Cathedral 47
3. Albany 94
4. EV-W-K 107
5. Annandale 116
6. St. John's Prep 169
7. Royalton 172
8. ACGC 225
9. Maple Lake 238
10. Holdingford Inc.

Individual Results
1. Jen Hess 14:57
5. Kim Hess 16:03
6. Kacy Nehowig 16:05
8. Brooke Schmitz 16:15
13. Mandy Mayer 17:04
23. Nicole Flint 17:47
24. Tanis Beireis 17:49

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